Mom’s Meatloaf

After a weekend away in Wisconsin my daughter and I were happy to be home. She had another Irish Dance Feis (rhymes with mesh) north of Milwaukee on the coldest and snowiest day of the winter for us so far. We were fortunate to leave early and be able to be ahead of the storm. As we looked out our window Friday night we saw police car lights and cars off the highway in the ditch. As people saw the police car lights they would slam on their brakes and slide on the snow and ice. We were thankful to be inside and not driving in the storm.

The next morning the roads were super messy and there was about 6″ of snow on the ground. It was a misty raining and just plain cold. As she was going into the feis someone told her she was giving off Elsa vibes this morning with the blue and white with all the snow. So we had to take a picture later of her doing her best Elsa from Frozen pose.

But we are back home and life goes on. For some reason everyone likes to eat! What do cold snowy days call for? Meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Pure comfort foods.


When after one or two bites your kids ask you why all your meatloaves aren’t this good you know you have a hit on your hands. They all loved the topping which is what made it really different. The topping is almost a sweet and sour sauce. They both liked the tang of the vinegar with the chili sauce. It was yummy.

I served this with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable.

  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 lbs  ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon  dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon  ground paprika
  • 1/4+ teaspoon  red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoon  Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon  black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 cup  bread crumbs  (plain)
  • 1 cup  milk
  • 2  eggs  (beaten)
  • 1 cup  sharp cheddar cheese  (shredded)
  • 2/3 cup  ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon  tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon  apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup  sweet chili sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Mix ground beef, oregano, basil, parsley, paprika, red pepper flakes, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic, bread crumbs, milk, and cheese in a bowl. Mix until incorporated well but not overworked.
  3. Shape into a loaf and place in prepared pan.
  4. Combine ketchup, tomato paste, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and sweet chili sauce in a small bowl. Mix well. Pour 1/2 over the meatloaf and rub over the top. Put the other 1/2 in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  5. Bake the meatloaf for 45 minutes or until 160 on a meat thermometer. Brush the remaining glaze over the top and bake for 15 more minutes.
  6. Remove pan from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Mom knew what we liked, didn’t she? 💕💜❣️

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      She sure did!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Your food always looks so good. Beautiful photo of your daughter too. I would make a print of that one and frame it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Awe, thanks! That is a great idea.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Erika says:

    You always knew she is a princess 😉 You are so right, meatloaf and mashed potatoes! Great idea!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Ughh now I’m really craving meatloaf at 12 am haha! Looks amazing!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Isn’t it always like that? 😁


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